Last night there was a noisy party in our backyard. Lots of loud music and singing out of tune.
John went out armed with a torch to find the culprits.
Doesn't he look innocent? He's not.
He was on his way to the party of the year in our pond.
It was about to start raining. Usually time to head indoors - but not for these guys. There hadn't been any rain for weeks so the local frog population were celebrating with a vengeance.
"Party at my place! Tell your mates!"
The call was going out at full volume. Notice how this green frog has taken on the colour of the pot. I'm guessing he's the host.
"Mind if I take a dip? Nice pond."
"Well hello sweetheart. Do you come here often? Can I get you a drink?"
They partied into the wee hours of the morning as the rain poured down.
Normally this would be the time of year when I spend as much time as possible in the garden. The weather is perfect - except that we could use some rain. Luckily we have three huge tanks to water the garden and currently water restrictions have been lifted and we can also use town water, so everything should be thriving.
Many of our ornamental plants are tropical and so they sulk or go completely dormant in Winter and start to come to life at this time of year.
The red stemmed ginger has reappeared and brought with it flowers.
The frangipani have their leaves back and are starting to bloom again.
Bromeliads are flowering all over the place.
The only problem is that I've been "a bit crook"....well actually more than a bit.... so everything has been neglected. I've discovered that all sorts of weeds REALLY love this time of year as well. I took some photos of the garden beds overgrown with weeds so I can post some before and after shots when I eventually get them back in order again. (for some motivation)
Missy has been doing her doggy duty and has kept me company. In fact, I think she's enjoyed having me home and she doesn't mind the odd snooze on the bed or the couch.
In the vegie patch, most things are looking rather unwell too. There are shivelled strawberry plants, giant tough carrots that should have been harvested weeks ago and lettuce that's long ago gone to seed...and many wonderfully healthy weeds.
There are a few things doing well however.
The corn and beans are looking after each other and ears are stating to appear. In the background (right) are some tomatoes on a very scrawny vine.
I didn't notice until I looked at the photos, that others seem to be appreciating the corn as well. Hopefully they won't do too much damage.
A pumpkin vine that self-seeded from the compost is very healthy. I don't eat pumpkin, but I'm sure I will be able to find someone who loves them.
Another doing well are the eggplants - not bearing yet but looking healthy with plenty of flowers.
The chillies are doing well also. They love the heat.
So, even though it's being neglected, the garden seems to be doing OK without me.